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March

How Do I Extract all the Characters before a Specific Character in a String Field?

During a recent Crystal Reports XI report design project two tables needed to be linked together, where in one  table the field only contained the user name, in the second table the field contained the user email address, which consisted of the user name, plus the organisational domain.


Solution:

In order to link the to two tables together a formula was created to strip the username element from the organisation domain, before the @ sign of the email address field.

The resultant SQL formula:
SUBSTRING([E-mail], 0, CHARINDEX('@', [E-mail], 0))


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